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News 2019

This page posts news and comments about my continuing research into Brookwood Cemetery and related topics.

For earlier news items, see my News pages for 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015

Lecture for the Dickens Fellowship - (26 February)

The Reburial of Edith Thompson (8 April)

Frederick Paine Historical Lecture Series 2019 (10 April)

Lecture for the Hampton WI (13 May)

Cremation Stories at F W Paine (6 June)

Lecture for the Dickens Fellowship

It was a pleasure to give a lecture on “London’s Necropolis Railway” to a packed meeting of the Dickens Fellowship on the evening of 26th February.

The Reburial of Edith Thompson

The reburial of Edith Thompson at the City of London Cemetery has been shown by the BBC in episode one of its new series Murder, Mystery and My Family: Case Closed?

In the programme, barristers Jeremy Dein and Sasha Wass look back at their examination of a tragic case of love, infidelity, and murder - the conviction and execution of Edith Thompson.

The hearse en route to the chapel at the City of London Cemetery, 22 November 2018

In 2017 Edith’s cousin Nicki Toay questioned the safety of Edith’s conviction. How much did Edith really know about her husband’s brutal murder at the hands of Freddy? Did her infidelity influence the minds of the 1920s judge and jury?

Now it’s nearly a year on from their investigation, and the barristers catch up with Nicki to find out what’s been happening in her life since the judge delivered his verdict. She brings them the incredible news that one of Edith’s mother’s last wishes has finally been fulfilled, nearly one hundred years after her daughter was hanged.

My comments on the original programme can be read here.

Frederick Paine Historical Lecture Series 2019

The 2019 Historical Lecture Series at Frederick Paine’s Kingston has just been announced.

Lecture for to the Hampton WI

It was a pleasure to give my lecture on “The Brookwood Necropolis Railway” to the Hampton WI on the evening of 13 May. There were lots of interesting questions and I left them with a copy poster for the forthcoming historical lectures at Frederick Paine’s (see panel above).

Cremation Stories at F W Paine

Cremation Stories at F W Paine Kingston June 2019Forming part of the London Festival of Architecture, I booked a place on this evening conversation at F W Paine in Kingston. Cremation Stories is an interdisciplinary conversation exploring the boundaries between life and death, in the built environment. Four speakers (Dr Katie Deverell, Dr Brian Parsons, David Phillips and Dr Julie Rugg) gave brief presentations on cremation reflecting their areas of expertise (social science research, the funeral industry, architecture, and senior researcher respectively).

This led to a general discussion on the themes raised, allowing further exploration of the challenges cities are currently facing with regards to the distance and proximity between the living and the dead. Refreshments were served before and after the presentations, and thanks are due to F W Paine for making their premises available for such an interesting evening.